Access to Public Records Fee
Beginning in January 2009, provisions of Act 3 (also known as the Open Records amendment to the
Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Law) took effect at all local and state agencies in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, including local municipal governments and school districts.
Act 3 expands the definition of "public record," making all records public - both electronic and hard
copy - with 30 listed exemptions (such as records dealing with building security, personal safety,
medical records, confidential personnel records and criminal investigations). Act 3 requires that
municipalities designate an official Open Records Officer to accept written requests from the public
and to ensure compliance with timelines and the law.
The fee for dissemination of any and all accident reports will be $15.00 each.
Accident reports that are either reportable by Pennsylvania standards or non-reportable accidents
may be released to any involved party submitting a request. The maximum fee allowable for accident
reports is set by statute, contained within the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. Accident reports can be obtained online at http://www.crashdocs.org/pa-muhlenbergtwppd
All other requests for reports will be handled in accordance with the Pennsylvania Open Records Law,
Act 3 of 2008. Fees for other records include the following:
Duplication/Photocopies $0.25 per page
Duplication of Specialized Documents Actual Cost
Certification of Public Records $1.00 per record
Mailing Fees Actual Cost
Facsimile/Microfiche/Other Media Actual Cost
Additionally, a form that can be used for submitting a request is available. The Open Records Officer for the Muhlenberg
Township Police Department is:
Lorie Ferraro, Officer Administrator
Muhlenberg Township Police Department
210 George St. Reading, PA 19605.
Phone: (610) 929-5454
Additional information, including a copy of the open records law and a Citizen’s Guide to the law, can be found at the
Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Website. The PA Office of Open Records can be contacted at:
State Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
Phone: (717) 346-9903
Be advised--under the Right-to-Know Law, investigative reports are exempted from the
definition of a public record. As such, any request for an investigative report will be denied.
Criminal history information is not accessible under the Right-to-Know Law, but may be
obtained through the submission of a Request for Criminal Record Check, Form SP 4-164, which
is available on the Pennsylvania State Police Website.
Appeals of denials based on a requested record being an investigative report can be directed to:
Office of the District Attorney
Services Center, 5th Floor
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
Phone: (610) 478-6000
We, the members of the Muhlenberg Township Police Department, believe in a policing philosophy that promotes community, government, and police partnerships, using proactive problem-solving and community engagement to address the causes of crime, fear of crime, and other community issues. Through these alliances we will identify public safety problems affecting the quality of life in the community, develop strategies to address those problems, and take the responsibility to implement solutions using all available resources.
The Muhlenberg Township Police Department will commit its resources in partnership with the community to: Promote a safe and secure environment, free of crime and the fear of crime, Maintain order and provide for the safe and expeditious flow of traffic, Practice our core values of integrity, respect, service, and fairness.
Integrity is the hallmark of the Muhlenberg Township Police Department and we are committed to the highest performance standards, ethical conduct, and truthfulness in all relationships. We hold ourselves accountable for our actions and take pride in a professional level of service to all.
We treat all persons in a dignified and courteous manner, and exhibit understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity, both in our profession and personal endeavors. We guarantee to uphold the principles and values embodied in the constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the policy, procedures, rules and regulations of the Muhlenberg Township Police Department.
We provide quality service in a courteous, efficient, and accessible manner. We foster community and employee involvement through problem-solving partnerships. FAIRNESS We treat all people impartially, with consideration and compassion. We are equally responsive to our employees and community we serve.
- Patrol Division
The Patrol Division performs the core function for the Department. It operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is the largest and most visible division of our Department. Some of the primary responsibilities of the Patrol Division involve responding to a variety of dispatched calls for service, investigating and prosecuting reports of crime and summary offenses, investigating vehicle crashes, enforcing traffic and parking regulations and assisting with public welfare issues.
- Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.) consists of Detectives who primarily serve to investigate more complex and time consuming incidents. Our Detectives have the capability and tools to investigate and prosecute wide variety of crimes.
Our administrative staff is headed by the Chief of Police who oversees the day to day operations of the department. He is assisted by the Lieutenant, administrative Sergeant and two clerical staff.